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Officials: Some People Faking Coronavirus Symptoms

Jeffrey Travis Long is shown in a police mug shot
Jeffrey Travis Long of Inman, South Carolina, is facing charges after authorities say he lied about having the new coronavirus, causing a business to shut down and creating panic in a school system. (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 02 April 2020 11:44 AM

As coronavirus fears grip the nation, there are people who are actually faking symptoms of the virus.

In Columbus, Ohio, City Attorney Zach Klein said he in aware of a “few instances” where people have tried to fake the symptoms to avoid arrest, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

In one case, a suspect was spotted fleeing from a car break-in.

When police tried to take the man into custody, he claimed to have trouble breathing and began “flailing on the ground coughing,” Klein said.

Police put on their personal protective equipment and secured the suspect. Paramedics later determined the man was pretending to have the symptoms.

“This inappropriate behavior threatens our first responders and wastes time, money and our scarce personal protective equipment,” Klein said. “When charges are filed in these cases, they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

A man from Inman, South Carolina, lied about having the virus and caused a business to shut down last month, police, authorities said.

According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department, Jeffrey Travis Long showed his employer at a call center a forged doctor’s note purportedly showing he had tested positive for the virus, WCTI-TV is reporting.

Long was arrested and charged with breach of peace and forgery, according to authorities.

“It seems to me like the fella just wanted a two-week, paid vacation,” Sheriff Chuck Wright said. “You can’t do this to people.”

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